Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 1059–1082 | Cite as

Work-Life Balance: A Quality-of-Life Model

  • M. Joseph SirgyEmail author
  • Dong-Jin Lee


Based on a thorough review of the literature we identified four research streams identifying four corresponding factors that play an important in role work-life balance: (1) balanced role commitment, (2) positive spillover, (3) role conflict, and (4) social alienation. Based on these four factors, we classified individuals into four work-life balance groups with differing levels of life satisfaction. We then explained the psychological dynamics of the model by articulating three principles: satisfaction spillover across life domains, need satisfaction quota, and satisfaction from basic plus growth needs. Research and policy implications are also discussed.


Work-life balance Work-family conflict Life satisfaction Need satisfaction, and basic and growth needs Subjective well-being Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marketing, Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Yonsei UniversitySeoulKorea

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